17th CROATIA ASSITEJ FESTIVAL IN ČAKOVEC, CROATIA, 2nd CONFERENCE OF REGIONAL ASSITEJ CENTRES OF SOUTHEAST EUROPE, KLIKER NETWORK FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE IN YOUTH THEATRES
The 17th Festival of Professional Theatres for Children and Youth of the Croatia Assitej Centre will be held in Čakovec from 18–24 October 2014. This year’s selection includes twelve performances by theatres from throughout Croatia. The selector for this year’s festival is Jasminka Mesarić. In addition to the performances in the official competition, three performances will also be give by the Assitej drama studios in the Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin, under the programme title REPRIZA (REPEAT). These are the best achievements from this year’s festival in Bjelovar, which will be replayed for the purpose of further stimulating drama teaching in the informal education of children and youth. As part of this year’s festival in Čakovec, the 2nd Conference of Regional Assitej Centres of Southeast Europe will also be held. This conference was co-organised by the Croatian and Austrian Assitej Centres, and will include the participation of representatives from Italy, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, in addition to the organiser countries. The main topic of the conference is the exchange of knowledge and experience, coordination between festivals and the development of joint projects both bilaterally and multilaterally. Also as part of this year’s festival, we will also present the newly formed KLIKER theatre network. KLIKER brings together theatre professionals dealing in contemporary dance and movement in theatres for children and youth. The network currently operates only in the area of the Republic of Croatia, with concrete international ties. Its aim is to stimulate the involvement of institutional and staff theatres for children and youth in this form of theatrical expression and innovative theatre practices.